Gov. Rick Scott’s new TV ad attacking rival Charlie Crist includes claims that are quite similar to those evaluated in the past by PolitiFact Florida.
“The numbers tell the story. Florida's unemployment tripled. 800,0000 jobs gone,” the narrator says as “832,000 jobs lost” appears on print on screen. Property values down. Bankruptcies up. More foreclosures than any state. Government went deep in debt. State borrowing at an all time high. Which governor took Florida to the bottom? charlie Crist.....”
In 2012, we fact-checked this claim by Scott: “The four years before I became governor, the state had lost 825,000 jobs. Unemployment had gone from 3.5 percent to 11.1 percent.” We rated that claim Half True. Scott got the numbers right but he missed the mark for implying the state’s recession was the result of a poor handling by Crist. Florida’s economy tanked largely as a result of the housing market crisis, a tornado of issues over which Crist had little to no control.
Here is PolitiFact’s analysis of a previous claim by Scott about debt under Crist compared to his own tenure.